Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie is moving its Spanish head office from Paseo de la Castellana 92 to Edificio Beatriz, Calle José Ortega y Gasset 29, as part of its innovation and digitalisation plan. The Firm has opted for office space that encourages multidisciplinary collaboration and, above all, innovation in its customer service. Find out more here.
From occupying a total surface area of 5,000 m2, the Firm will increase to 6,100 m2 of available office space in Edificio Beatriz, on the seventh, eighth and ninth floors, along with a large terrace for holding events, and new avant-garde collaboration areas, involving new working methods, with open-plan surroundings, providing flexibility for teamwork.
Digitalisation also played a role when considering these new surroundings, with resources to optimise the work of all professionals and the efficiency of our processes; innovating is encouraged, involving joint creation and collaboration with our clients.
The Firm has also implemented the bAgile initiative, consisting of remote work and flexibility policies to encourage a more adaptable working model with the aim that employees reach a balance between their work and private life.
Rodrigo Ogea, managing partner of the Madrid office, said: "Our clients want us to prioritize their needs over ours. They demand that we anticipate events, that we forewarn them of any problems and opportunities that may be brewing. In order to live up to their expectations, in an increasingly volatile, complex, globalized and competitive environment, a relationship model based on specialised practice and reactive advice has clearly become obsolete. With this change we are vouching for office layout and internal/external relationship dynamics that encourage innovation and build up the best teams for each project or transaction."
Baker McKenzie’s innovation plan, involving all professionals and areas, is built upon three cornerstones: i) optimised business processes, ii) services designed for the medium term, and iii) the testing of emerging technologies.
In the short term, the Firm’s priorities range from the implementation of cutting-edge technologies, to the optimisation of client experience and progress in modernising project, knowledge and process management. Furthermore, Baker McKenzie has been the first law firm to globally apply “design thinking” in order to co-design avant-garde processes along with our clients, thereby reformulating legal services and operative models.
At the same time, the Firm is working on constructing a law firm of the future, through long-term investments and strategic ventures with outstanding innovation firms in the legal sector, universities, etc. Artificial Intelligence technologies will lead huge steps to digitalise and modernise the sector. The main measures announced by Baker McKenzie include the implementation of emerging technologies, such as machine-learning and the latest analytical software in the legal industry, contributing great flexibility, accuracy and efficiency in due diligence tasks and other reviews of legal documentation.
In turn, Baker McKenzie is participating in the new World Economic Forum innovation hub, referred to as the “Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Further to past collaboration between the Forum and the Firm, this agreement aims at improving our response to client needs and to encourage discussions on innovation at the service of the common interest.